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MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 1:00am EDT
days until the election, president obama began the day campaigning in florida and then flew to ohio where he tried to reinforce the obama message in last night's debate. >> america needs leadership that is strong and steady. unfortunately governor romney's foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. you heard him last night. during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq, but he was caught on a video just a few months ago saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> and here is that caught-on-video moment that president obama is referring to. >> this president's failure to put in place an agreement to allowing troops to stay in iraq. unthinkable. >> dr. obama thinks he saw more symptoms of romnesia last night. you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt." you definitely have a case of romnesia. there's a cure, but you've got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there for romnesia. >> vice president joe biden is still humble enough to admit that last night's debate left him confused. >> last night you saw governor romney rushing to agre
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 8:00pm EDT
supporting president obama. >> colin powell's former chief of staff on sununu's charge. >>> and michael eric dyson on racism as a campaign tactic in the year 2012. >>> plus righties are freaking out, calling the obama campaign satanic over this ad. >> super uncool to be out and about, i wasn't ready. >> and lives hang in the balance if obama care gets repealed. pearl jam guitarist mike mccready is standing up for people with preexisting conditions and he joins "the ed show" tonight. >> thanks for watching. all eyes are on ohio in the final weeks of the 2012 election. the romney campaign hit a sour note last night at a rally in the buckeye state. ♪ >> actually, the note mitt romney hit was a heck of a lot worse than that. the republican normminee out of nowhere told a crowd of supporters some unexpected information about auto jobs in nearby toledo, ohio. saw a story today of one of the great manufacturers of the state, jeep, now owned by italians is thinking of moving all production to china. i will fight for every good job in america and i'm going to fight to make sure trade is fair.
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 1:00pm EDT
, thursday romney borrowed a page from president obama's 2008 playbook calling himself the candidate of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges. we have a big election and we want a president who will actually bring big changes and i will and he won't. >> hello, everybody. hello. so exciting. >> getting out the vote, president obama in chicago to cast his early ballot and encourage voters to do the same. >> all across the country we're seeing a lot of early voting. it means you don't have to, you know, figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids, and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> and don't be late, first lady michele obama shares her unique strategy for getting people to the polls with jimmy kimmel. >> election day, election day. up and adam. let's go. it's election day. come on, let's go. get your shoes on. up up. >> all right. okay. >> time to vote. you can do it. >> okay. i'm going. >> out the door, out the door. >> and eat some carrots. >> in truth that's not a bad method. i'm chris c
MSNBC
Oct 27, 2012 5:00am EDT
romney campaign against president obama carries the scent of hell. john sununu, the top romney surrogate, barks at that lazy one in the white house who doesn't know how to be an american, who sarah palin mocks for shucking and jiving, and donald trump accuses again and again and again of being from kenya and playing monkey business with the country's economic numbers. you know, the same fellow romney says cheats on the welfare checks to feed his political base. the guy gingrich calls the food stamp president. listen to sununu last night yelling at former governor bill richardson to shut up saying general colin powell's political judgment is based on racial bias. trump offering a big bet the president won't show his student transcripts all to diminish the president's academic rise to editor of the harvard law review. yes, it's all directed at drumming up the blue collar white vote for the republican ticket and, yes, it smells. david corn is author of "the 47 percent" and joy reid is managing editor of the grio. both are msnbc political analysts. if the romney campaign is really
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 7:00pm EDT
romney. >> obama was asked about what seemed like confusion at the attack. let's watch here. >> the procession seems to be that the state was on a different page than you. and there is a video and it could have been a part of that and other people were -- >> the truth is that information comes in. >> uh-huh. >> and folks put it out throughout the process. people say it's still incomplete. we're going to do an investigation and figure out exactly what happened. >> i saw susan rice, the ambassador to the united nations on meet the press several weeks back in explaining what happened, a wonderful person a. terrible loss, and she seemed heartfelt and honest and clear. based upon a most recent report by a nation that has tremendous resources in the intelligence community, what's this romney thing about deception? and the intelligence community is telling everybody involved in the process, including the very same thing that they are telling the american people at this time, it's important to understand, the administration got information and gave it to the american people in realtime, the
MSNBC
Oct 27, 2012 12:00pm EDT
pensacola later this hour. meanwhile the obama camp has released a new ad taking aim at mr. romney's economic plan. >> in here it's just you. no ads, no debates, just you. so think about this. mitt romney's plan rolls back regulations on the banks that crashed our economy. medicare voucherized. >> president obama also talking about avoiding the fiscal cliff which would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts two short months from now. he says he wants to work with congressional republicans on it. >> i've said to folks, i'll go to capitol hill. i'll wash john boehner's car. i'll walk mitch mcconnell's dog. i'll do whatever is required to get this done. >> president obama heads to new hampshire a bit later today for a stop in nashua. vice president biden is scheduled to hold an event in lynch burg, virginia. >>> now we go to ohio where nbc's ron mott is on that bus tour with paul ryan. hello to you ron again. where are you in the many stops on that bus tour today? >> reporter: hey there, alex. i've got to get my back stretched out. we've got five stops as you mentioned here today. three mo
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 2:00pm EDT
. right now president obama on the ground in virginia. within the hour he's in chicago to vote early in his hometown, and earlier while in tampa the president again went after the gop over richard mourdock's remark that pregnancy from rate is, quote, something got intended. >> as we saw again this week, i don't think any politician in washington, most of whom are male, should be making health care decisions for women. >> and mitt romney is campaigning all day in ohio hitting cincinnati this morning and columbus in the next hour. >> our campaign is about big things, because we happen to believe that america faces big challenges. we recognize this is a year with a big choice, and the americans want to see big changes and i'm going to bring it to this country. >> and ohio is exactly where the big number worth watching today is focused. "time" magazine has the president up by five points in the buckeye state. when you look at women voters in ohio, president obama is up by 19 points. in early voting president obama has a 2-1 advantage over governor romney in early voting. msnbc's joe scar
MSNBC
Oct 27, 2012 12:00am EDT
away at president obama for not being tough on china. not the way that he mitt romney would be tough on china. but the company mr. romney chose for his backdrop that day, the company that he chose to implicitly help make that case so happened to be a poster child for success by president obama in getting tough on china. in 2009 in the first months of president obama's presidency, american spring wire joined with two other makers to ask for help. china was unfairly dumping steel wire in the united states market at artificial low prices. they asked for help. the commerce department said they would investigate and the commerce department did move to protect american spring wire. they cracked down on china for dumping their underpriced product. thus the company was benefitted. they got the help they wanted. a company that was then used as a backdrop for mitt romney saying president obama had not been tough on china. today mr. romney gave a major address on economic policy. this is part of his closing argument for the presidency. he delivered the speech at a company called kinsler constru
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 10:00am EDT
his heels. the incumbent usually has the advantage but it's been a rough month for obama here. the last debate romney completely bungled the libya attack. >> two missteps, one was coming out too early. >> we processed and moved on from. he had a two minute time to really hit the president on this and instead he was talking about israel and about being a strong horse in the middle east. he really screwed it up. it will be interesting to see whether he learns from his mistake and actually comes up with a coaching critique including coming back at the president when the president plays the how dare you accuse me of politicizing this card. >> it does seem to me, erin in the first debate mitt romney did very well in that people found him much more likeable. they could see him as a commander-in-chief. there was a lot of push back after the second debate that maybe and he was little rude, a little pushy, maybe a little too tough. does he have to sort of find a middle ground tonight? >> he probably does, i would say so. romney is still trying to pass the commander-in-chief test. i think th
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 12:00pm EDT
" poll shows president obama and mitt romney tied neck and neck at 47%, making this the first time in history that team romney is excited to actually talk about the 47%. it's monday, october 22nd and this is "now." >>> joining me today, msnbc political analyst and executive editor of msnbc.com, our favorite import from the united kingdom, richard wolffe. and former dnc communications director and msnbc political analyst, the lovely karen finney. all even with one to go. the new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll finds president obama and governor romney are tied among likely voters at 47%. as the two candidates head into their final debate tonight. last month, the president led by five points. at this point in 2004, president bush and senator john kerry were also all tied up. will this election end up favoring the incumbent as it did in 2004? this latest poll shows both candidates have paths to victory. governor romney has made demographic inroads. the president's lead among women is down to the lowest it has been this cycle and governor romney holds a ten-point lead among men. the p
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 12:00pm EDT
firefighters by 7:30 this morning. obama the underdog versus romney the ascent dant is the dominant narrative on the trail. >> patrol this in my voice is getting hoarse. have to keep on keeping on. >> we're going to win november 6th. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. >> we've had a number of debates lately. you know they have really propelled our campaign. >> i believe in you. i need you to keep believing in me. >> the obama campaign is slipping. and shrinking. >> we always knew this was going to be a close race from the start. folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way i would win. >> if i'm elected -- no, when i'm elected -- >> i've come to ask you for your vote. >> i'm optimistic, not just about winning, we are going to win, by the way. >> don't boo. vote! vote! >> the obama campaign is also out with this new ad showing consequences of staying at home. >> 537, the number of votes that changed the course of american history. >> florida is too close to call. >> the difference between what was and what could have been. so this year, i
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 2:00am EDT
bar. so the obama campaign has managed to move >>> disrespecting women, deriding minorities, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this, women of america beware. there's a crowd out there that doesn't believe in you. you go through the terror of rape and they question your word, they say you better have that baby or you're going to jail. check the republican platform that came out of tampa, 14th amendment rights to the fertilized human egg. what about the woman's rights you might ask? personhood for the unborn from conception, what about the woman's right to control her personhood. now a close romney ally in indiana put out word he would criminalize abortion even if the woman was raped. it's headed for the white house, people were scoffed when rick santorum pushed the contraception and now republicans are pushing a measure to let bosses deny coverage for birth control simply by saying they don't believe in it. bosses get to decide, all this from a party that wants to dismember medicare, erase health care and kill the effort
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 9:00am EDT
right to my first read. president obama wrapped up a 48-hour, 8-state battleground blitz in cleveland late last night and with a hoarse voice went after a message he's been dealing all week long. romney's trustworthiness. >> trust matters. you know what, ohio, after all these years, you now know me. you know that i mean what i say. >> and almost the exactly same moment 150 mys west mitt romney took the starj in one of the great names in battleground politics, defiance, ohio, and he borrowed a page from the president's 2008 page book calling himself the president of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges. we have a big election and we want a president who will actually bring big changes and i will and he won't. >> well, we know ohio has been the ultimate bellwether in presidential elections for the last 50 years and the president's been putting a big emphasis on early voting both here and in other battleground states which is why he decided to be the first president, well, early vote and dit yesterday in chicago. >> we need some i.d. >> oh, no. >> i got m
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 6:00pm EDT
stands. the poll tracker national average shows president obama now in the lead. getting 47.8% of the popular vote. mitt romney has 46.9% the new york times 538 blog says if the election were held today, the president would win 291 electoral votes. mitt romney would get 247. 270 are needed to win the white house. 538 says the president has a 71% chance of winning. romney has a 29% chance. and as of tonight, 7.7 million people have already voted and that includes the president who cast his own ballot today in chicago. we'll have much more on the early voting later on in the show. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's mourdock mess. senate candidate richard mourdock's god intended rape comments are now threatening to undermine mitt romney's careful effort to appeal to voters as moderate mitt. desperate to hide the extreme republican positions on women's health, romney is just wishing and hoping this will all go away. but someone forgot to tell the press corps this morning in ohio. >> governor, do you wish senator mourdock would pull that ad? >> thank you. have a good day. >> y
MSNBC
Oct 27, 2012 2:00pm EDT
become such a game-changer. first to the campaign trail where president obama is in new hampshire. he is scheduled to speak within the next few minutes. paul ryan about to make the third stop of the day in ohio. he is going to take the stage in circleville any time now. we will go live to both those events coming up. first though, some breaking news from florida. the romney campaign announcing just moments ago that they are rescheduling all of mitt romney's virginia events for tomorrow. the gop nominee will instead travel to ohio. all this because of the impending impact of hurricane sandy. we of course are tracking sandy. progress up the east coast. nbc's meteorologist dylan drier in the msnbc studios in new york. ton trung in delaware. we just got the latest advisory from the hurricane center. what can you tell us. >> nothing has changed. this still indicates the storm is a category 1 hurricane and very far out to sea, but still just as huge as it has been. that's why we are still dealing with some potential for stronger wind gusts and decent rain along the coast of south carolina and
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 6:00pm EDT
the welfare vote which, by the way, he called barack obama's political base. nice work, guys. real american of you. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight in atlanta. there are 11 days until election day and here is where the polls stand. president obama is polling at 50.2 of the national vote while governor romney gets 39%. the tim 49%. the president would win 294 electoral votes if the election were today, romney would get 244 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. and as of tonight, 10.2 million people have already voted. that includes nearly a million people just in ohio alone. more on that later. but we start with tonight's lead. race to the bottom. today the romney campaign is refusing to apologize for john sununu. >> when you take a look at colin powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring president obama. >> what reason would that
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 9:00am EDT
seemed like an advantage for president obama is a toss-up tussle. also a toss-up, the race itself. it's about 47%. no, not that 47% comment. literally. 47% for each candidate among likely voters in our new nbc news "wall street journal" poll what will happen tonight to move those numbers with just 15 days left. the sprint is on. >>> and here in florida, affairs isn't just about the middle east and china. it's about that country 90 miles away. how much will cuba be an issue that puts one candidate over the top in the sunshine state? we have it covered this morning from lynn university in boca raton. it's monday, october 22nd, 2012. this is "the daily rundown," i'm chuck todd. we've got a ton to get to. let me get right to my first reads of the morning. with just hours left until tonight's final debate, our new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows how competitive this race has become. an important slice of undecided voters still are not persuaded to rehire the president. but also not convinced, it seems, he needs to be fired. will anything tonight help these folks decide? well, the c
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 5:00pm EDT
the obama campaign. the romney campaign says hey our candidate distanced himself from richard mourdock. the democrats are saying first of all the ads are still up. >> he's still endorsing that guy. >> secondly the key in several states, chris, are independent women voters and they say in surveys abortion is their number one issue so this is going to play right at those people in colorado, new hampshire, virginia and so forth. >> they're in bed with the far right. >> he's saying he wants bipartisanship and if he's saying he's a moderate, being in bed with richard mourdock doesn't strengthen his argument. >> people on the far right are saying what they want and this guy is in bed with him. the president's spokeswoman said "the president felt those comments were outrageous and demeaning to women." she said he found it perplexing the ads haven't come down. already the democratic national committee has a web video linking romney and hour douk. let's listen to part of that ad. >> this fall i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> even when life begins in that horrible situatio
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 11:00am EDT
probably obama by a few points. now i have absolutely no idea. >> 40% is not a great number for a president a couple weeks before election day. >> in the last few months there's a lacking narrative, absence after clear vision where we go. >> let's get straight to it. joining me is sean spicer. sean, good to have you here. tonight's debate will be broken into six separate sections, moderated by bob schieffer. each focusing on a foreign policy hot spot. we want to drill down on some of these. the contrast between the governor and president. first we want to start with libya because there's a new report out today from the "wall street journal" that supports what the white house said about the intelligence briefing. here's what stephanie cutter from the obama campaign said about libya today on "morning joe." >> mitt romney on the day of that tragedy when he came out and shot from this and before he had any facts blamed the united states. so, blamed the president. >> so sean, a president romney would presumably have been given this same information. how can he credibly claim his respon
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 5:30am EDT
obama in this campaign? plus, the president on leno, addressing donald trump, describing their childhood together in kenya. that clip a little later in the show. >>> first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with 12 days and counting in race to elect our next president. a new "time" magazine poll in ohio, some people say it all comes down to this state, showing the president leading by five points, 49%-44% among likely voter. big advantage for president obama has to do with early voters. among those who have already cast their ballots, obama leading romney by 60% to 30%, according to "time" magazine's poll. those who have yet to decide, though, 45%-45% in this same poll. today mitt romney's scheduled to make no fewer than three stops in ohio. last night in iowa, another battleground states, 2300 supporters packed an airplane han hangar as he claimed his campaign had all the momentum. >> the obama campaign is slipping because it can't find an agenda to help the american family but our campaign is growing in a movement across this countr
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 3:00am EDT
last vote. there are only a few states left on the playing field. this morning president obama got a high five and a big hug from scott van, the one who bear hugged the president last month. >> we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage three romnesia. i just want to go over some of the symptoms because i want to make sure nobody in the surrounding area catches it. if you say that you love american cars during a debate but you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt", you might have romnesia. if you talk about how much you love teachers during a debate, but said just a few weeks ago that we shouldn't hire anymore because they won't grow the economy, what do you have? >> romnesia. >> the president is fired up, but it's not all fun and games. the president and vice president told a crowd in ohio mitt romney's flip-flops are deadly serious. >> we joke about governor romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important. it speaks of trust. there's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. trust matters. >> president obama has bee
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 11:00pm EDT
i think he deserves another shot at this. barack obama, we are i think of time here on this thing. can you hang around and help me finish this? >> sure. >> and we'll post online the results of how we finish this? >> absolutely. >> because we're not going to finish this on this show. okay, so for example, the condoms on porn sets proposition. >> i don't know a great deal about that. >> no? >> it sounds like the right thing to me. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" live from minneapolis tonight. 11 days until the 2012 election. mitt romney tells his biggest lie to date. you won't believe this one. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> i saw a story today, that one of the great manufacturers of this state, jeep, now owned by the italians is thinking of moving all production to china. >> mitt romney unleashes a perfect storm of lies trying to fool buckeye state voters. former ohio governor ted strickland and congressman tim ryan are here with the truth. >> when you take a look at colin powell, i don't have you to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on
MSNBC
Oct 29, 2012 4:00am EDT
. >>> the final push has president obama and governor romney barnstorming seven critical swing states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. the arguments -- >> the unemployment rate is falling. manufacturing is coming back to our shores. our assembly lines are humming again. >> the passion -- >> this is an election about big things, about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground in these states, all-important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we're ask the state's republican governor, john kasich. also joining us, wisconsin's republican governor, scott walker, and colorado's democratic governor, john hickenlooper. analysis on what will tip the scales in this historically tight presidential race. from our roundtable, from msnbc, rachel maddow, "new york times" columnist, david brooks, "washington post" columnist, e.j. dionne, former ceo of hewlett-packard, now vice chair of the national republican senatorial committee, carl
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 3:00am EDT
decisions. >> president obama has a consistent message on this topic. when congressman todd akin made his legitimate rape comments back in august, the president denounced them in a similar way. >> let me first of all say the views expressed were offensive. rape is rape. and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we're talking about doesn't make sense to the american people. >> consistency and trust are key messages in the closing days of the 2012 election. president obama wants people to know that they can believe what he says, unlike his opponent. >> you want to know that whoever's in the oval office is going to fight for you. you want to know that they're not just going to take the politically expedient path. and you know what? you know me. you know i say what i mean and i mean what i say. >> you don't need to wonder where president obama stands on the akin or mourdock comments. the same cannot be said for mitt romney. romney said he still supports the senate candidate, and only says he disagrees with mourdock's position. today reporters asked r
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 1:00pm EDT
leaning obama. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in philadelphia today. the campaign carousel is spinning fast. the candidates whirling around and around the swing states and joining me now for our daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor and managing editor of postpolitics.com and mark halperin senior analyst for "time" and msnbc reporting from chicago today. chris cizilla, a new "washington post"/abc daily tracking poll, 48/49. what is that telling you? >> well, we started doing it monday, andrea, four days of interviews, and on monday among likely voters we had it obama 49, romney 48. on tuesday -- that was the friday through monday interviews. we had it romney 49/obama 48. what does that tell me? it tells me the race is very, very close and yes, "the washington post" does key for that astute analysis. i think we have to be careful not to make too much of slight movements. we're doing these tracking polls because i think it's fascinating to watch the last couple weeks how things play out, but 49/48, will 48/49 it's close nationally. keep your eye on the swing states. one sw
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 7:00pm EDT
do you want? obama's a man of the world. he respects other countries, accepts the fact we are, we americans, part of this planet. maybe the best part. but we share the world, and we better be a smart, just, and competent citizen in it. we need to take the long view of our interests and use our influence when we can but also avoid stuff that makes the future more dangerous. romney, well, clearly he's in debt to the hawks, the neoconservatives who write the stuff we heard last night, this talk of accusing the president of iran of genocide for the things he said about israel. it's purely political stuff. that and what he said about russia being our number one enemy in the world today. all this old cold war stuff. what's beneath it? who knows. what we do know is he feels the need to wear that neocon suit. will he rip it off if elected? why would anyone think that? he spoke about wanting a peaceful planet. talk about learning a dance for the occasion. john heilemann and ron reagan join us. mitt has a tendency to assume whatever political profile he thought would best help him win. in 2
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 6:00am EDT
university where last night president obama and mitt romney faced off in their final presidential debate. >> yeah. >> look at this crowd. i don't get it. it's early. >> it is early. >> i'm looking for the baby. i'm hoping sidney shows up again. >> we're excited. very excited. >> it's a great crowd. because they know obama won. >> mitt romney's best debate ever. >> how many thought obama won the debate? sorry. all right. >> well, i'm not even going to ask. of course, because, yeah. it's fine. >> okay. >> why don't we talk about the debate last night? what did you think? >> i thought that both. i think mitt romney got through it. got through it. >> right. >> he got through it. and he looked pained at times, and i think the president was strategically very smart in terms of his approach. i think we're going to disagree on this. >> i think we are too. but richard haass is here, and richard was saying before that both wanted to -- they both had their objectives going into this debate. and richard, the president of council on foreign relations -- >> also of a forthcoming book. >> also of a for
MSNBC
Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm EDT
, the president of the united states hunt the down president obama. >> where did you learn all this? >> wait. >> your father taught you this. >> they said they wouldn't move heaven and earth to get bin laden. >> that's the strong advocacy case. now i want an objective opinion. does the president have to win tonight? >> well, yeah, this is his area of strength. >> if romney ties him, is it a win? >> if mitt romney, whose doctrine we don't know -- >> he could be anything. >> is there a romney doctrine? what is it? if romney is able to answer that question and say stride to stride with the president in an area he is clearly strong, he did get osama bin laden, he is using the drones to go after al qaeda, he's getting troops out of iraq, he has a plan on afghanistan. if mitt romney can match that with depth and specificity and answer the questions about neocons, et cetera, then, yes, mitt romney will win. >> same question, does the president have to win tonight to get through this? >> president obama is an eminently credible and successful commander in chief. if mitt romney ties barack o
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. we are 14 days to election day and here's where the race stands. a new poll shows president obama with a two-point national lead over mitt romney. 48% to 46%. nbc's battleground map shows the president has 243 electoral votes, solidly in his corner while mitt romney has 206 in his. 89 electoral votes are considered toss ups. remember, it takes 270 votes to win the presidency. the latest from the "new york times'" 538 blog gives the president a 78% chance of winning. romney has 30% chance. 5.1 million people have already voted. that includes more than 812,000 people in the key state of ohio. we'll have much more later in the show. but we start with tonight's lead. plan of attack. at a big rally today in florida, the president unveiled a new 20-page plan for the policies he's been talking about all this year. it's his agenda for the future. a detailed look, the american people are not getting from mitt romney. >> in this campaign, i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. and unlike mitt romney, i'm actually proud to talk about what's in it. because my plan actually w
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 4:00am EDT
race between barack obama and john mccain that year, colin powell choosing obama for his endorsement was pretty much the last thing in the world the mccain campaign needed to hear. at that point, they were already becoming a really evident long shot. the race was starting to increasingly look like it wasn't even going to be close. and the colin powell endorsement just took the wind out of the mccain campaign's sails. john mccain responded to the endorsement that same day by going on fox news and sighing that, well, it wasn't all that much of a surprise. he at least, though, was able to say even if he did not have colin powell's endorsement, he did have endorsements from some other former republican secretaries of state. so at least he had those names to offer for counterbalance. the romney campaign's counterbalance tonight to them losing the colin powell endorsement this year is a whole different kind of counterbalance. >> you want to call me crazy, go to hell. call me crazy all you want. >> this morning, on cbs, republican former secretary of state colin powell officiall
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Oct 26, 2012 7:00pm EDT
president obama carries the scent of hell. john sununu, the top romney surrogate, barks at that lazy one in the white house who doesn't know how to be an american, who sarah palin mocks for shucking and jiving, and donald trump accuses again and again and again of being from kenya and playing monkey business with the country's economic numbers. you know, the same fellow romney says cheats on the welfare checks to feed his political base. the guy gingrich calls the food stamp president. listen to sununu last night yelling at former governor bill richardson to shut up saying general colin powell's political judgment is based on racial bias. trump offering a big bet the president won't show his student transcripts all to diminish the president's academic rise to editor of the harvard law review. yes, it's all directed at drumming up the blue collar white vote for the republican ticket and, yes, it smells. david corn is author of "the 47 percent" and joy reid is managing editor of the grio. both are msnbc political analysts. if the romney campaign is really winning, you have to ask then you wou
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Oct 24, 2012 3:00pm EDT
all the chips on barack obama last time around. >>> mo cocco is in the house. why are we telling nuns they can't vote? >>> dysfunction is bigger than elections. it's what washington elected not to do that costs families next year. are they right this time? >>> all that plus the electoral college. what's up with that? >>> t-minus 13 days and the candidates in a fight to the fin initial in the state that is matter most. the president racking up the miles on air force one hitting seven states in two days. >> this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. we're starting here in iowa. we're going to colorado. then we're going to go to nevada. then we're going to florida, virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> and right now, mitt romney is speaking in nevada. he and paul ryan focusing there hoping to sweet the spot of 270 electoral votes. ohio is the key to that math with 18 votes on its own. more money has been spent on ads in the buckeye state than any other. $177 million worth so far. did i
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Oct 23, 2012 1:00pm EDT
. president obama in florida kicking off a three-day blitz trying to show he has a second term agenda and he's even got the handy pamphlet to prove it. >> in this campaign, i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security. and unlike mitt romney, i'm actually proud to talk about what's in it. because my plan actually will move america forward. and by the way, the math in my plan adds up. >> god day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the presidential debates are over. the campaigns now in a frantic nonstop push for seven battleground states. and who will get a bump out of both? joining me david axelrod, senior adviser to the obama campaign. thank you very much, david, for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> got a plan, got a pamphlet. deja vu all over again as yogi berra would say, reminded me of putting people first, bill clinton after the new hampshire primary he had that pamphlet in florida when he went down battling off the late paul son gas. what is the strategy in coming up with a pamphlet now with only 14 days to go? >> of course, the pamphlet reflects
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Oct 24, 2012 8:00pm EDT
the obama campaign in full panic mode. the desperate left, they'll say anything to rebound, and once again, they are playing the race card. >> less than two weeks before the election, the crazies are coming out of the woodwork. >> president obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country. >> tonight, michael eric dyson on trump, coulter, and palin's dive off the deep end. >> if the question is what is best for low-income ohioans, shouldn't we let ohioans make that call? >> it's all about the ground game in the buckeye state. larry cohen and james hoffa lay out the game plan to deliver ohio for president obama. >> i don't blame that baby for crying. she just realized what it means if romney gets elected. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. a republican senate candidate out of the state of indiana showed voters, especially women, exactly what is at stake in this election. >> you know, this is that issue that every candidate for federal or even state office faces. and i, too, certainly stand for life. i know there are some who disagre
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Oct 25, 2012 5:00pm EDT
want to go through some things to set this up. president obama is keeping the pressure on, as you can see in the last days of the campaign, and linking mitt romney to richard mourdock. that's the guy from -- what's that state, wisconsin, indiana, including on jay leno last night. let's listen to the president. >> i don't know how these guys come up with these ideas. let me make a very simple proposition. rape is rape. it is a crime. the second thing that's underscored though is this is exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women's health care decisions. >> well, that went over pretty well out there. that's nonport san crowd generally. the president went further pointing out the next president's influence over the supreme court is going to be enormous. we have a lot of older justices. let's listen. >> you've got a supreme court that, you know, typically a president is going to have probably another couple of appointments during the course of his term, and roe vor sus wade is probably hanging in the balance. >>ed to at a rally in tampa, f
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Oct 23, 2012 2:00pm EDT
than we saw on primary season. in primary season president obama is the poll giapologist a weak commander in chief. what i found stunning last night, tamron, time and again, syria, egypt, afghanistan, bin laden, so many different things, the drones, it was governor romney saying me, too. there was no daylight between them. that is not the mitt romney that captured the gop nomination. >> lois, i said smooth or rough move because this is all last night, at least a lot of the analysis this morning is point of view. it's one of those things of what did you want to see? you have conservatives and republicans that said governor romney did a great job. they don't see any deception or any malpractice, if you will, political malpractice in the transition he's made when you look at the columns and op-eds from democrats. they say governor romney was weak and did not have a game to bring on foreign policy. are we simply at the point no matter what happened at that debate last night, you have the pundits and writers who have their story line and point of view, and that's what we see for the
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Oct 23, 2012 10:00am EDT
policy debate. this morning, the campaign handed out a 20-page booklet to reporters outlining an obama second term agenda and here's the ad they made to go with it. >> we're not there yet but we've made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now. here's my plan for the next four years. making education and training a national priority. building on our manufacturing goal. boosting american made energy. reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. >> last night, the president was certainly aggressive. romney may have played it safe but made no major mistakes and his supporters also declared victory. analysts point out there's agreement on many key issues. on style, the president with zingers an pulled out the most quoted one when romney mentioned the navy. >> our navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent time looking at how the military works. you mentioned navy, for example. fewer ships than in 1916. governor, we fewer horses than bayonets because the nature of
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Oct 21, 2012 2:00pm EDT
iran's nuclear program, according to obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomat effort to avoid a military strike on iran. it's been suggested that the talks wait until after the presidential election. but a senior administration official said telling their american counterparts they want to know with whom they would be negotiating. what is your reaction to this? >> well, my reaction is the white house has denied it, so i don't think there's much more to talk about. they denied that. obviously, war is always the last option. no one wants a war. we would hope this could get solved in another way. i think the military option has to be on the table, and both candidates have said that. and i think there is also concern. and i'm not talking about this story but just in general that iran has often used negotiations in the past to buy themselves time. but the white house is denying that story this morning, and therefore there's not much to talk about. >> what they are denying is that there's a final decision. that doesn't mean it's case closed here
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Oct 22, 2012 2:00pm EDT
as the obama administration. he painted a picture of libya in chaos, this dire situation. my colleague chuck todd played a sound clip from john mccain in july. this is how senator mccain described libya at the time. let me play it. >> i was there for their election, and you know how many people i met who had their sons or husbands, their fathers, their family members slaughtered by omgadhafi? to say libya is a failure, actually it's a great success. >> a great success in july. today some say ilgts a talking foint for republicans who want to attack the president and politicize what happens there as a result of the four deaths, tragic deaths of the americans on the front line of diplomacy. chip. >> a lot changes in foreign policy in a week, not to mention a couple of months. today i think libya is in chaos, and what we've seen is the president and administration changed on what it was. at first it was a video and then an act of terror. we know there's investigations, and that's what the question is. what exactly happened. what do we know, when did we know it? that's going fob a
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Oct 28, 2012 10:00am EDT
romney and obama campaigns have canceled scheduled events already due to sandy. so if you're in an affected area, stay inside, stay off the roads and stay tuned into msnbc. all right. now, let's turn to the final countdown. i wanted to sing that but i don't have a very good singing voice. but we're in the final days and we can all agree that the way a political candidate runs a race is important, but how a candidate closes the deal is crucial. and with just one more week left until election day, this is when the candidates' closing strategies kick in. while we've harped on battleground states, a new analysis by the associated press shows in the case to 270, may come down to 106 counties. these are counties with names like hamilton county, ohio, loudoun county, virginia, and hills bborough county, florida. they're the same ones that george w. bush won in 2004 and that then senator obama wan in 2008. these are the swing voters. and part of the candidates' closing strategy is to hit at as many of these areas as possible before election day. because the latest polls show that the race
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Oct 21, 2012 7:00am EDT
. never let it leave your mind, this election is about the economy. president obama has two weeks to sell the country on what he'd do in a second term. he needs to ramp it all up. the policy that saved the auto industry and how this kind of active industrial policy can bring a surge in american manufacturing. he needs to push the overdue construction in this country, roadway, rail, brick and mortar investment, a campaign that will bring this country aggressively into the 21st century. he pushed that big jobs bill in his first weeks in office that kept the economy from heading off a cliff. he needs to show us what a second bill will look like. the more he paints the picture of his second term economic rebuilding agenda, the better. chuck todd is nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director, and jonathan martin is politico's senior political reporter. gentlemen, i brought you on as the big brains. now, i want some big brains. i was at the al smith dinner. a bunch of rich irish, i get it. some of the guys are smart up there, actually. >> finger on the pulse. >> not regul
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Oct 27, 2012 8:00am EDT
disillusioned. a >>> we are ten days away from the presidential election. president obama seems to be steadily regaining a narrow lead, a lead he held over mitt romney before the presidential debates began earlier this month. the latest polling averages according to nate silver of "the new york times" give president obama 50.3 with mitt romney 48.6. president obama has a 74% chance of winning the election based on his strong performance in several swing states. the president is hoping to capitalize on the momentum to encourage voters to go to the polls as soon as possible by taking advantage of early voting. as of this morning, more than 10.5 million people have already cast their ballots including the president himself. president obama flew back to chicago on thursday to take advantage of early voting in illinois becoming the first sitting president in history to cast a ballot early. mitt romney's campaign, meanwhile, has been buffeted by a series of things that happened to put him on defensive. richard mourdock, who romney has endorsed, became the latest gop candidate to make con th
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Oct 27, 2012 7:00am EDT
at 7:30 a.m. from delaware. >>> front page politics now. new this morning, president obama in his weekly address emphasizing the progress made four years after the wall street crisis. >> businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs, the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. home values are rising again. and our assembly lines are humming once more. >> meantime, president obama says he wants to work with congressional republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that would trigger tax hikes and spending cuts. two short months from now. >>> so, also new this morning, we have president obama picking up another endorsement, though not unexpected. this one coming from the chicago tribune. mitt romney and paul ryan made a joint appearance last night in the battleground state of ohio. >> not just picking a president for four years, we're picking what kind of country we're going to be. what kind of people we're going to be. what kind of country we're going to give to our kids. >> we want real change. we want big change. and paul ryan and i are goin
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